August 31, 2012

Monthly News - August 2012

-pic of the month- Sunseeker Saints Set Sail

Bavaria Configurator for New Model

Bavaria Yachtbau presents the new website dedicated to the VIRTESS motor boat range. An innovative online configurator is an exclusive tool for the VIRTESS 420, the first flybridge yacht in the Bavaria range. Potential owners can easily select their model's material- and colour-options in the configurator by mouse click. A preview then reveals their new dream yacht. The Virtess 420 offers three wood options, two side-panel colours, four flooring materials and 12 upholstery types. These are combinable to suit the owners’ preferences. The configurator allows a customised design and a preview of each cabin on the yacht. The VIRTESS configurator offers an overview of all designs and is impressively easy and user friendly to use.

Bertram Welcomes Doug Reed

As part of the continued efforts to build an organization with some of the best talent in the boating industry, Bertram Yacht has appointed Doug Reed as Senior Director of Human Resources. Reed brings over 30 years of Human Resources experience and has a proven track record in the development and implementation of lean manufacturing techniques in marine manufacturing. He began his career in the boating industry at Tiara Yachts as Manager of Employee Relations, he then spent several years in a range of key positions in the automotive sector. Reed’s most recent position was as Human Resources Director at Pursuit Boats, where he spent eight years leading all aspects of the human resource management functions and was a key member of the team that designed and implemented a lean manufacturing program for the S2 / Pursuit organization. In his new role, Doug will lead the Human Resources organization for Bertram Yacht at the new facility in Merritt Island. His mandate is to build an organization with the some of the best talent the industry has available and develop a rigorous operating culture based on lean manufacturing and continuous product improvement. Doug will work directly with the key members of the Bertram management team, including the President of Bertram Yacht, Alton Herndon, the Vice President of Manufacturing, Ken Beauregard, and the new Vice President of Engineering, Robert Ullberg.

Bertram Teams with Brooks Marine Group for Talent Search

Bertram Yacht announced today a formal human resources partnership with Brooks Marine Group. The Newport-based recruiting firm will act as a strategic supplier of human capital as Bertram ramps up staff for their new Merritt Island, FL facility. According to the terms of the partnership, Brooks Marine Group will work closely with Bertram’s executive team to identify hiring needs for Merritt Island, and recruit talent as the new plant comes on line late this fall. The agreement also calls on BMG to support in the relocation of key Bertram talent and skills from Miami to Merritt Island, to help Bertram in securing new talent to develop best manufacturing practices and to secure outstanding and high caliber workforce candidates that are available in the Space Coast area.

Ferretti Group Appoints New Chairman and Managing Director

The Board of directors chaired by Ferretti Group Chairman Tan Xuguang has unanimously appointed Ferruccio Rossi as the new Managing Director. Ferruccio Rossi, who has been working for the Group as Riva Managing Director and Ferretti Group Country Manager since 2005, will replace Giancarlo Galeone, who has ended his mandate after CEO Salvatore Basile’s sudden death. Furthermore, Norberto Ferretti becomes the Honorary Chairman. Chairman Tan and Norberto Ferretti, even on behalf of the entire Group, thank Giancarlo Galeone for the important contribution he has always given to the Ferretti Group through his know-how and professionalism. These appointments will ensure the most absolute continuity to the Ferretti Group in the course of a further development that started after the power acquisition by SHIG-Weichai Group. SHIG-Weichai GROUP will closely cooperate with Ferretti Group, ensuring new distribution channels, financial support and other resources with the objective to support the Group at the international level, with particular reference to emerging markets. SHIG-Weichai Group, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Strategic Value Partners, Norberto Ferretti, the Administrative Council, the Executive Council, express their great satisfaction for the appointment of Ferruccio Rossi, a man of undoubted merit, with a strong financial talent and a tested experience in the nautical sector, which represents an important choice that will guarantee the Group to consolidate its leadership in the nautical sector and to continue in a process of growth that has characterized its 42 years of history.

Formula 2013 Photo Shoot

Formula boats recently took a few team members to the beautiful island of Bimini in the Bahamas for the Model Year 2013 photoshoot season; however, the first go-around wasn’t much to write home about. The first trip was mid-June and spirits were high. The boats looked beautiful, but a tropical storm moved in, forcing the crew to stop their boating efforts from Miami to Bimini. A “Plan B” was discussed, which involved boating near Key Largo, Florida—they desperately wanted to make the photoshoot work! Everyone loaded back up on the boats and the company van and headed in the direction of Key Largo. Once everyone arrived and checked in very late, they made it to their rooms for some shut-eye. The morning arrived quickly and they were on the docks by 8 a.m., only to be hit with more rain and cloudy skies. It was heartbreaking, but “Plan C” had to be addressed, which was to head home and discuss a new date—so that’s what the crew decided to do! After regrouping and changing calendars, boats and much more, the crew headed back to Bimini in mid-July. The second trip, we are happy to say, was a complete success! Although the temperatures were extremely muggy and hot each day, it was hard to complain after all the work it took to try again, and, after all, the Formulas were gorgeous and glistening in the Bimini blue water, it really makes one appreciate every moment of each day on and off the water!

Formula Invites Owner to Make and Share Videos on FaceBook Page

Now you can turn your Formula snapshots into a quick, exciting and personalized video that you can share with other Formula fans, your family or friends. It's easy to do with Discover Boating's Movie Maker App. Just go to Formula's Facebook page and click on the "Movie Maker" tab directly under the cover page photo. We look forward to watching your exciting Formula footage!

Gulf Craft Special Exclusive August Preview

Gulf Craft hosted an exclusive preview of its most recently completed Majesty 125 hull at its yacht manufacturing facility in the United Arab Emirates last week. The showing served as the Middle East premiere of the Majesty 125, offering VIP clients from the UAE and the GCC a chance to view the superyacht before it makes its journey to the French Riviera, where it will join its earlier delivered sister ship. The Majesty 125 is the company’s second largest model after the Majesty 135 which was premiered earlier this year, and is presently also moored in the French Riviera.

Horizon Specifies Dometic Air Equipment

Dometic Marine has recently supplied its Marine Air chilled water equipment for Horizon Yachts’ new 58 CAT. Built at the Horizon Yard in Khashiung Taiwan, the high performance multihull yacht has been installed with a 4-stage compact chiller to provide 96,000 BTUs for cooling and heating of all cabin and accommodation areas. Through its Marine Air brand, Dometic Marine supplies an extensive range of HVAC equipment to Horizon Yachts, including chilled water, direct expansion split gas and self-contained systems. The system installation on the new 58 CAT will be customised to include Dometic Marine’s innovative SmartStart controls, which reduce chiller starting amperage to ease the strain on the yacht’s generator.

Jarrett Bay Team Up for Humanity

Jarrett Bay is excited to unveil limited edition Vineyard Vines neck ties featuring the Jarrett Bay & Habitat for Humanity logos! A portion of each purchase will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, in the late Joy Gaskill’s honor. This project is part of Jarrett Bay Boatwork’s ongoing fund-raising efforts to benefit the Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity and help bring employee Joy Gaskill’s dream of funding a Habitat house to fruition.

Jarrett Bay What a Summer!

In our last news Jarrett Bay reported a slew of tournament success for the likes of Inspiration, Chainlink, and Bench Mark in June tournaments. Well in July, the Jarrett Bay family showed no signs of lifting their hands from the throttles. Edisto Marina Billfish Tournament: Micabe - 2nd place overall, 1st place Junior Angler, Barta Boys & Girl's Club Tournament: Builder's Choice - 1st place, Hatteras Grand Slam Tournament: Bill Collector - 2nd place, MegaDock Billfish Tournament: Micabe - 1st place, Bermuda Billfish Release Cup: Waste Knot - 2nd place, 1st place Junior Angler, 1st place Lady Angler, Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament: Chainlink - 1st place, Hatteras Marlin Club Invitational: Frequent Flyer - 1st place.

Mulder Cooperation with Omega Architects

The construction of the new 30-metre Mulder 98 Flybridge is currently in full swing. In consultation with the client, Mulder Shipyard commissioned Frank Laupman of Omega Architects to design the interior of this boat. Omega has previously designed the interior of the second Bellagio, which was recently sold by Mulder Shipyard. The Bellagio is constructed under the Built by Mulder label. Work is presently ongoing on the 30-metre aluminium hull of the new Mulder 98 Flybridge. Once the hull is completed, the next step will be the installation of the piping for the various systems. The entire interior of the yacht will be ‘floating’ in order to ensure optimal sound and vibration insulation. The interior consists largely of American walnut, both stained and natural, and the design comprises striking contrasts in both colours and materials. For instance, there are many leather panels, while various brushed stainless steel details create a modern ambiance. The entire interior is built in house by Mulder Interior Construction, guaranteeing perfect workmanship and quality. The construction of the first Bellagio is in full swing and the yacht will be completed in the course of this year. Furthermore, a second Bellagio was sold last month to a client in Russia. This yacht will have an interior designed by Omega Architects, just like the Mulder 98 Flybridge. The interior will be bright and modern, with a very open character. The second Bellagio will be used by the owner for daytrips. Mulder Shipyard has high expectations from this new model. Mulder Shipyard is currently working together with several other naval architects in addition to Omega Architects. This portfolio of designers makes it possible for the yard to translate all the wishes and ideas of its clients into a superlative design in the best possible way.

Outer Reef New Collaboration

Outer Reef Yachts of Ft. Lauderdale, in cooperation with Setzer Design Group, proudly brings to market a new series of tri-deck motor yachts. The Outer Reef “Explorer Series” will range from 92’ to 115’. The Explorer Series is designed on a semi-displacement platform with moderate draft so as not to limit shallow water cruising such as the Bahamas, or coastal cruising around some parts of Europe, yet be capable of ocean crossings with sufficient fuel capacity and unlimited ocean classification. Secondly, being a semi displacement hull, higher cruising speeds can be achieved at lower fuel consumption than a traditional full displacement yacht. Outer Reef Yachts is well known for their series of high quality long range motor yachts up to 90'. This new series of motor yacht will be built at the same partner facility as all Outer Reefs, Tania Yacht Co. in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The collaboration represents an exciting partnership between the two U.S.-based companies. As a four-time recipient of the International Superyacht Society Award for “Best Power,” in lengths from 78-140,’ the 21-year old Setzer Design Group brings a unique experience in producing stylish, high-performance designs in this size range. The first of the Explorer Series, a 105' model is currently in contract negotiations and is expected to be delivered in late 2014.

Riviera Recognizes Excellence in Dealer Awards

Riviera’s night of nights was all about recognizing marine industry excellence and it was the enthusiastic, proactive and exceptional customer service from R Marine South Australia that earned them the esteemed Overall Dealership of the Year award for 2012. The annual Riviera Dealer Awards have been running consistently for the past 18 years. Pete Devery from R Marine Sydney was awarded the Salesman of the Year award, Highest Selling Dealer of the Year went to R Marine Sydney and the award for Service Excellence went to Steve Domigan from R Marine New Zealand. R Marine South Australia received the coveted Overall Dealership of the Year, which came as a welcome surprise to dealer principal Paul Harrop. He said it was a great achievement for such a young dealership. Steve Domigan from R Marine New Zealand received the award for Service Excellence by an Individual for his work ethic and continuously going the extra mile for Riviera owners. Mr Domigan said he felt honoured to receive the award. R Marine Sydney was awarded the Highest Selling Dealer of the Year award for their sales success over the past 12 months, while Pete Devery was awarded the prestigious Salesman of the Year award for the third consecutive year. R Marine Sydney dealer principal Michael Joyce said winning these awards were a real credit to the team. Pete Devery began his career in the marine industry 14 years ago and has achieved the Salesperson of the Year award for the past three consecutive years. Pete said it was extremely gratifying to receive such a prestigious accolade. Riviera’s dealer relationship manager Peter Welch said the annual Australia/New Zealand Dealer of the Year awards recognised excellence, outstanding achievement and dedication to Riviera’s loyal owners and brand.

Riviera Stellar Performance in Sydney

The first model in Riviera’s new SUV Collection, the 445, took centre stage at the 2012 Sydney International Boat Show, where she made her debut performance in front of thousands of boating enthusiasts. The 445 was one of the stars of the show with Riviera taking two deposits for this new model, one bound for an owner in Adelaide and the other bound for an owner in the US where she will make her American debut at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show held from October 25 – 29. This new model lead Riviera’s star studded cast of impressive new boats, including from the Sport Yacht range; the 5800 with IPS or Zeus, 5000 with Zeus, 4400 Series II with IPS and the 3600 with IPS; from the Flybridge range; the 63 Enclosed Flybridge with shaft drive, 53 Enclosed Flybridge with Zeus or IPS and 43 Open Flybridge with IPS; and from the Belize Motoryacht range; the new Belize 52 Daybridge. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said there was strong interest in Riviera’s latest models, including the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge which is due for release mid 2013. Riviera also won the award for Best Overall Display on the marina, which was extremely gratifying for our hard working team who put a lot of effort into showcasing the latest Riviera and Belize models.The newest models from Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder are now preparing for their next round of Boat Shows, including Auckland, NZ in September; Cannes, France in September: Fort Lauderdale, Florida in October; and the Gold Coast International Marine Expo in November.

Sunseeker Saints Set Sail

Sunseeker International are delighted to announce they have become an official partner of local premiership football team Southampton FC. Sunseeker will be supporting the Saints' journey in the highly competitive Barclays Premier League for at least the next three seasons. The agreement includes Sunseeker branding on the clubs newly-installed luxury dugout seats, which fans got their first look at during Saturdays game against Wigan Athletic. As well as on the interview boards which ensure the global television audience the premiership attracts gain exposure to the famous Sunseeker brand. 

Sunseeker Needs Bigger Quay

The latest milestone in Sunseekers illustrious boat building history took place last week when the completed hull of the first 155 Yacht moved location within our Poole Quay facilities. The operation involved meticulous planning and execution with literally no room for error given the monstrous dimensions involved. As expected, the move went without a hitch and Hull #1 is now safely in the 'fit out' stage of her build. This yacht represents many 'firsts' for Sunseeker, not least of which is the fully painted finish she'll be receiving later in the build. Because of this, a clear gel coat has been used in the hull construction, the resin showing through and making the hull appear brown in colour. With the almost unlimited colour choice available, we're keeping the finished colour for this particular yacht under wraps for the moment. The Sunseeker 155 Yacht is the largest to date undertaken by the Poole Shipyard, which can now soundly lay claim to being the only production boat builder in the world to be manufacturing a range of boats from 40 to 155 feet in length under a single brand.

Vicem New US Distributor

Vicem Yachts, the premier Turkish builders of luxury classic motor yachts and mega yachts, announces that Sarasota Yacht & Ship has been named the Official Distributor for the Americas, which includes North, South & Central America as well as Canada and the Caribbean. A 26 year old company - with high calibre professional key figures from the US yachting industry - based in Sarasota, Florida. Gary Smith, Senior Partner with Sarasota Yacht & Ship, replaces Dave Mallach. Vicem Yachts and its whole team takes this opportunity to sincerely thank Dave once again for his strategic support, great competency and complete passion in every aspect of his time with Vicem.

Viking White Hot Bite
The recent Ocean City Marlin and Tuna Club Overnight Billfish Tournament, held out of Ocean City, New Jersey, resulted in 114 releases from a field of 36 boats. In addition to the releases, a wide variety of tuna, wahoo, dolphin and mako were brought to the scales. New Gretna's own Viking 70 demo won the tournament with an all-time record for points. Captain Ryan Higgins led his team to 26 white marlin releases, another tournament record, along with two yellowfin tunas. The crew was on such a roll, they released another five after lines out. Richard Ryon's Viking 50 Anthracite released 17 whites and two yellowfins placing them in Third Place overall.

New Model: Maritimo M58 Motoryacht

Maritimo shows up its second in large size Motoryacht model which follows by fifteen feet the M73 flagship.  This new Maritimo presents itself with the usual traits from this down under builder with sport fish looks combined into motor yacht practicality.  This proven with the comfortable and easy to access walk around side decks, and internal stair case to the raised pilot house.  Other very nice touches in this new Maritimo are the aft galley, and the relaxing view area behind the helm in the raised bridge.  Three double guest cabins serve the owner and his friends.  Impressive in size is the owners suite to midships; which features among other things a beauty desk, and an office. Fair to say the third bunk cabin is stealed from some more space by the owners suite.  Power is from twin Volvo 800hp engines with line shafts.  An impressive for an eighteen meter motor yacht 5000 liters fuel capacity supplies the Maritimo M58 Motoryacht.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.7 m (61.3ft)
Hull Length - 18.7 m
Beam - 5.2 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 29000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 5000 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shape - dynamic Variable medium Vee
Certification - ISO

August 30, 2012

Project: CNM 43 Continental

It's been a few years since Cantieri Navali dell' Mediterraneo launched a new model, but now this young Italian Rome builder comes with the interesting 43 Continental set to be shown for the first time in Cannes.  As usual the central Italy Rome area shows its innovative drive, and CNM with its modular interiors, and opening side decks to extend space outside has been a very interesting builder to watch in the past final part of the first decade of the new millennium.  The CNM 43 Continental will be the new entry level for this builder, and again traits from the bigger models are all to see here; from the side opening bulkheads to full use of the deck from fore to aft as the Tender version of the 50.  Inside surprisingly the 43 Continental will sleep four persons in a cabin and a convertible dinette.  Considering the space outside that is not bad at all. The 43 Continental as the bigger sisters is also offered with various custom options from a hard top to a different layout of the exterior. Standard power is from twin Yanmar 480hp diesel engines which can give 42 knots max with line shafts, and 48 knots with the Arneson Surface drives option.  But again as the bigger CNM I do accept to see a big variety in engine, propulsion choices available for the 43 Continental.  

August 29, 2012

New Model: Galeon 550 Fly

It's been just over a year since Galeon launched a fifty feet plus motor yacht model, which was its new 780 Crystal flagship, but the Polish builder has since then presented so much under 43 feet models that this period looked about double to that in my mind.  The new 550 Fly comes from hands of since 2004 Galeon collaborator and World class British designer Tony Castro, and show the dynamism of the Polish builder to offer a top quality motor yacht which impresses and creates leadership in areas of its layout.  If you want one of the most spacious astern galleys, and among the largest full beam midships owners stateroom the 550 Fly definitely is awaiting your inspection.  The owners room is to admire for the central position of the queen size bed which looks in the better position to aft, beauty desk, and the chaise lounge. Other impressive feature of the 550 Fly is also the third guest cabin which features two single berths, but one is of a french bed size, and the twin crew cabin with dedicated shower head to aft which features nothing less to the usual guest cabin.  So if you really want the 550 Fly can be regarded as a four cabin motor yacht.  The exterior spaces of the 550 Fly have also to be mentioned; with an nice aft deck featuring an L-shaped settee, and the flybridge with C-shape dinette, wet bar, sun pad, and port side helm station.  Standard power is twin Cummins 710hp, and Volvo 600 IPS or 900hp with line shaft propulsion available as options. 
Techical Data:
LOA - 17.15 m (56.2ft)
Hull Length -  15.85 m 
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 1.10 m ex props
Displacement - 24,500 kg light, 29,000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1200 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM-11 710hp, Volvo D11 600hp w/IPS, D13 800hp, D13 900hp
Propulsion - line shafts, Volvo IPS 800 forward looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 28 knots with Cummins 710hp, 32 knots with Volvo 900hp
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE 94/25 B

August 28, 2012

Project: Vivante 50 Hard Top

Vivante continues to upgrade its line and coming from the launch of a 55 feet flagship in the fall of 2011 shows renderings for a second in size 50 Hard Top model.  This new Vivante 50 continues the Dutch builder following for a modern topside classic hull lines mixture, with a very practical and well laid out three double cabins interior.  The living of the 50 is to be located on the main deck with a saloon and entertainment unit opposite.  A galley is to be find below in the middle of the lower deck. As all Vivante the 50 Hard Top is build of steel with a hull thickness of four millimeter, and will feature a round bilge bottom shape with a flared bow.  Power is a single Vetus 210hp.  Worth to note is also the interesting competitive price of the Vivante models which compares quite well with a similar sized fiberglass build.

New Model: Chris-Craft 36 Corsair European Edition

Chris-Craft presents its new European edition of the 36 Corsair which apart its detail deck revamp see new skylight, higher front windshield will also feature a new deck design more made for the European client.  This new deck design offers two sun pads to the sides, and a C-shaped settee behind the helm and co-pilot seats.  Another new feature the extended bathing platform which with three steps which lead to the the central passage way.  Inside the 36 Corsair can sleep four persons in a convertible Vee berth to fore, and a separate cabin to midships.  There is also a separate shower head, and galley in the cabins entrance. Six engine options are offered on the 36 Corsair European Edition from gas petrol Volvo 375 up to 420hp, with 330 or 370hp Diesel choices.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.63 m (38.2ft)
Hull Length - 11.05 m
Waterline Length - 9.06 m
Beam - 3.80 m
Draft - 0.78 m incl drives and props
Displacement - 7257 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1083 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo 8.1L Gi EVC 375hp, 8.1 L GIC 400hp, 8.1L GXi 420hp, Mercruiser 8.2L DTS 380hp petrol gas, Volvo D6 330hp, D6 370hp diesel
Propulsion - Volvo or Mercruiser dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 41 knots max with Volvo 420hp choice, 40 knots max 32 knots cruise with Volvo 370hp diesel
Range - 232 nm at 25 knots and petrol gas Volvo 420hp engines  
Hull Type - modified deep Vee with 14 degrees deadrise aft, 20 deg to midships
Construction - Vinilester resin barrier coat, Gelcoat exterior, Teak decking
Certification - ABYC, USCG, NMMA, CE

August 27, 2012

Project: Sea Ray 510 Sundancer

Sea Ray shows a blurred picture for the upcoming new 510 Sundancer, to be unveiled in the builder's first Homecoming celebration coming mid September.  In this event another 37 feet outboard powered cruiser 370 Venture will also be presented.  Not so much details are so far given of this new sport yacht Sea Ray 510 Sundancer, but what we can gather from this pictures is large view windows everywhere, patio door closure for main deck, and up down bathing platform.  Worth to note that the US builder was among the first to use this feature back in the nineties.  May be someone at the event can give us some more details later on. 

August 25, 2012

New Model: Pershing 82

Sometimes during a vacation, one is lucky enough to see the latest novelties before they are presented to the general public World wide at the fall boat shows.  This was my case with hull number one of the Pershing 82 which I meet in Taormina, Sicily in its maiden voyage on the 13th August. Coming in at just a bit more to 80 feet, Pershing 82 is a model based on the replacing 80, with the addition of a sports flybridge on top as the last year introduced 74, extra lenght, and a comfortable four cabin interior.  The sport flybridge will feature a central helm, two chaise lounges on both sides, and an aft sunpad. Hull shape takes the impressivly slim about one meter less to most of the competition, and deep 20 degrees Vee as the 80, which on numbers alone seems incredibly performing.  Other innovations is again the stair case from main deck to sports bridge developed with Besenzoni here located in the side, which emulates the function of the 74 featured centrally to hiding on the roof of the extended hard top when not in need.  Twin 2435hp MTU engines and Searex surface drives should give a top 45 knots speed, with a 40 cruise.  Apparently three more Pershing 82 are in construction at Mondolfo.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.98 m (81.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.99 m
Waterline Length - 18.99 m
Beam - 5.50 m
Draft - 1.4 m
Displacement - 63.6 t loaded, 54.4 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 5950 l
Water Capacity - 1300 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V M93 2435hp
Propulsion - Searex SR140S Surface Drives with Rolla propellers
Speed - 45 knots max, 40 knots cruise
Range - 310 nautical miles at 40 knots cruise
Hull Type - 20 degrees deep Vee monohedron with spray rails
Construction - Vacuum Scrimp fiberglass system
Project - Fulvio De Simoni, Ferretti Group  AYT
Certification - CE 2003/44 A, modules B + F + Aa Sound Emissions R.I.N.A Spa 

August 24, 2012

Project: Ritchie Howell 60 Express

Ritchie Howell from North Carolina USA continues its pursuit in building custom sport fish cruisers and yacht.  Here the builder shows a project for a 60 Express which shares a similar hull with the Convertible series of the same length.  Designed by Matthews Yacht a lot of innovation seems to be going into this project into its layout, propulsion and systems.  The lower deck will in fact feature a full beam owners stateroom, with crew quarters located to fore, and large galley and saloon in between. Two en suite heads will serve the owner and crew quarters respectively.  The other latest innovations in this model will come from its propulsion which will be the large ZF pods system, and the use of a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer.  Twin Cats C18 Acert will power the new Ritchie Howell 60 Express to a 40 plus knots of top speed.

New Model: Blu Martin ST48

Blu Martin was one of the first Italian builders to put itself on the map for less to fifteen meters hard top sport crusiers, and today deserving so the company features a line up of six models all with an integrated hard top minus one.  The new ST 48 presented at the fall of 2011, marks a gap fill for Blu Martin between the the larger 52, and smaller successful 13.90 Sea Top.  In a length just a bit short to fifty feet the Blu Martin 48 ST offers a very impressive three cabins plan, with a large owners suite to fore, and two guest rooms to midship.  The living is all dedicated on the main deck, with a dining table seating six.  All the areas of the Blu Martin ST 48 are in fact made for making six persons living in comfort.  Power as many areas of the ST 48 and all Blu Martin models comes in a large choice offer from five engines starting at 370 up to 575hp from Volvo, Cummins, and Yanmar, and three propulsion choices; IPS pods, ZF Zeus, and traditional line shafts.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.8 m (48.5ft)
Hull Length - 14.4 m
Beam - 4.5 m
Draft - 1.00 m
Displacement - 16500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1000 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp, D9 575hp, Yanmar 480hp, Cummins 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS500 or 600 forward looking dual propeller pods, line shafts, or ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 35 knots max, 31 knots cruise

August 23, 2012

Project: Azimut 54

At the Genoa Boat Show 2012 will be present the new Azimut 54, heir to the 53, one of the biggest hits of the latest models coming from the Italian builder. On the project rendering and builder notes so far we can say that the 54 versus the 53 comes with a renovated exterior design, having far more sports characteristics than its predecessor and is also characterized by new living solutions mostly on the main living deck. In addition to design and complete renewal of all the details of the interior decor, Azimut 54 has a main deck completely renovated in the forms and furnishing. The Azimut Style Department has indeed redesigned the seats thus giving more comfort and functionality to the main internal areas and has also given the galley to port side a new look, serviceability and maximum utilization of storage. The Lower Deck has been little changed from the 53 surely as this is a best seller in its category, thanks to a configuration of the cabins with unparalleled heights. The master stateroom amidships in fact enjoys one of the best layouts thanks its full height and beam, and breath taking sea views and natural light with the the three large vertical windows in the hull. So far Azimut has not announced engines for this upcoming new model, but I do imagine 730hp MAN engines with a top speed of 33 knots which is the power featured in the 53 this model replaces as from the coming fall.

August 22, 2012

New Model: Grandezza 27 OC

Grandezza has made 2012, an inspirational year to get the attention of boaters World wide.  The 27 OC is another well looking hard top sport cruiser, which with some less Scandinvian details see safety railing, and better to CE C certification could have even got a World wide global attention.  None the less the Grandezza 27 OC should be praised for a clever design and well laid out lower deck accommodation.  Like in bigger boats, the Grandezza 27 OC has made a living on the main deck with galley and dining table all located under the extended hard top.  Below is space for two double berths sleeping four, plus a seperate shower head located to port side.  Power is a single petrol gas 320hp or diesel from 220 up to 300hp. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.3 m (27.2ft)
Beam - 2.85 m
Draft - 1.0 m
Displacement - 3000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 265 l
Water Capacity - 55 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Volvo GXIE 320hp petrol gas, D3 220hp, D4 260hp, D4 300hp diesel
Propulsion - Volvo DP-S, DPH dual propeller stern drive
Certification - CE C

Project: Rivera 445 SUV

It was something announced in Spring of this year, about an upcoming new range from Riviera, and finally it is here with the 445 SUV.  This new Rivera series is in my opinion a nice mash up of all the current down under builder line up, reflecting mostly a good mix of the Sport Yacht, and the Offshore Express series.  In this rendering and some picture I have seen coming from the Sydney show I like a lot how the reverse curved shear line gives an aggressive yet classic profile to the exterior.  The 445 SUV i.e. for Sport Utility Vessel is also impressive in the accommodation front, with a split level aft deck which welcomes guest and sports fisherman alike, a nice interior saloon with a well laid C-shaped galley, and a lower deck which sleeps five guests in two cabins.  Power is from twin Volvo 370 or 435hp engines with IPS pod drives.

August 21, 2012

New Model: Bruno Abbate Primatist B41 Aerotop Pininfarina

After showing a spy shoot of the first prototype in its initial sea trials at the end of last year, Bruno Abbate Primatist ship yard finishes it's first new B41 Aerotop Pininfarina.  Based on the hull lines of the best seller that was the G41, this new B41 completes Bruno Abbate's circle which now features all its five cruisers and yachts models designed by the famous Pininfarina firm.  This choice has been one of success from Bruno Abbate, especially seeing the feedback and orders the company received for the G46.  The B41 builds on some features seen on the G41, although a lot of improvements are seen.  For example the galley is among the most spacious in this size, especially when one notes that the G41 Primstist Aerotop Pininfarina has a spacious full beam midships located cabin.  Same goes for the lower deck located L-shaped saloon which is opposite to the galley, which although not super in size seems to offer good comfort.  To fore is also a VIP suite or owners room, if one prefers this cabin then to the midships with its three berths layout.  Power is Volvo engines from 330 up to 400hp with stern drive propulsion.  Hull one featured the new super powerful 400hp engines giving a top speed of 37 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.7 m (41.6ft)
Waterline Length - 10.3 m
Beam - 4.06 m
Draft - 0.80 m ex props and drives
Displacement - 12860 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 390 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins + 2 berths in conv saloon
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 330hp, D6 370hp, D6 400hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 37 knots max, 32 knots cruise
Project - Pininfarina
Certification - CE B

August 20, 2012

Project: Carnevali 38

Carnevali from Ravenna, Italy has always been a builder with high attention to the impulse of the market, and this new 38 flybridge motor cruiser is a project showing this.  Low fuel consumption, size at around ten meters, and spaces of a much bigger boat.  Designed in house, for its size the Carnevali 38 surprises for its rather big flybridge.  Two cabins sleeping four, one shower head, and an extra convertible dinette on the main deck will be the interior accommodation plan.  Power is from Volvo stern drives with 220hp engines, with Carnevali estimating an optimistic 31 knots top speed with these units.   

Engine: MAN V12 1650hp

MAN  presented its new  V12-1650hp marine engine for yachts and pleasure craft in the 50 to 100-foot class. With its 12 cylinders and 1,650hp or 1213kW it closes the gap in the upper power segment between the V12 rated at 1550hp and the top-rated 12-cylinder unit with 1800hp. At only 2400 kg the low weight of the V12-1650 ensures an excellent weight-to-power ratio of 1.45 kg per hp and thus maximum efficiency in marine operation. The V12-1650 is the ideal engine for yacht owners who are looking to cruise in comfort and above all to cover longer distances overnight. The reason for this is its maximum torque of 5,520 Nm, which is available at speeds even as low as 1,200 rpm. MAN yacht engines are also well known for their compact dimensions and thus give architects and boat-builders a good deal of room for manoeuvre. The V12-1650 merges well into the array of space-saving engines and features convincingly compact dimensions of 1,667 x 1,150 x 1,350 mm (length x width x height). MAN's engineers have achieved this by, among other things, using a weight and space-saving SAE1 flywheel housing. One advantage for installation of the engine at the boat-builders is the exhaust system, which has one central outlet. The water pump is driven by a gear instead of a V-belt, which considerably reduces the maintenance effort. Beside this all parts requiring servicing, such as fuel and oil filters, are so efficiently positioned in the V12-1650 that they are easily accessible from the centre gangway.

August 19, 2012

New Model: Heesen 46.7m YN 16347

Heesen Yachts delivers My Secret, a 46.7m super yacht previously titled as project California due to her interior style. The 46.7m features a steel hull with a full displacement shape. Her luxurious interiors are by Bannenberg and Rowell, with the exterior by Omega Architects. The interior designers focused on a vintage California style layout of the 1940s and fifties.  Her interiors will feature a luxurious five cabins layout.  Power is from twin 1341hp MTU which reach a max speed of 15 knots, and a cruise of 12.  Heesen hull number 15347 is the fifth super yacht delivery for 2012.
Technical Data:
LOA - 46.7 m (153.2ft)
Beam - 8.83 m
Draft - 3.08 m
Displacement - 395 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 60000 l
Water Capacity - 20000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in 5 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 8V 4000M93 1341hp
Speed - 15 knots max, 12 knots cruise
Range - 4000 nm at 12 knots
Hull Type - Full Displacement
Construction - steel hull
Project - Omega Architects exterior, Bannenberg and Rowell interior
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Yacht LMC, Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 MCA

August 17, 2012

New Model: Absolute 72 Fly

Absolute model number nineteen is its new flagship the expected 72 Fly, which takes its length and beam a bit further to the 2008 launched 70 STY.  We are speaking of centimeters here, but considering that only two years ago Absolute launched its first flybridge yacht with the 50 Fly it is impressive the great strives forward this Italian builder has made in its just celebrated first decade.  The Absolute 72 Fly is a flybridge motor yacht, and continues the Italian builder extensive use of window surfaces, and IPS pods propulsion available on all its models minus the 40 STC.  The interior of the 72 Fly presents itself with a spacious traditional below with four double cabins and three shower heads serving the guests.  The owners room is located to midships, VIP suite to fore, and two twin cabins in between.  A twin crew cabin, with a spacious shower head is located to aft.  On the main deck Absolute shows good thinking thanks to a single level plan, an open galley to port side, which with the aft bulk head separates itself from the saloon, and the view windows making for uninterrupted view from forward to back even when seated on the saloon.  The exterior areas are also a following to the latest trends from the C-shaped settee to fore deck, to the aft part of the flybridge which has a free area which can be equipped with a free hanging shower.  Power for the Absolute 72 Fly is twin Volvo 900hp with IPS pods propulsion which give a max speed of 31 knots, and a cruise of 24.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.95 m (72ft)
Length - 21.6 m
Beam - 5.65 m
Fuel Capacity - 3700 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pods IPS 1300
Speed - 24 knots cruise, 31 knots max estimates
Project - Absolute Research Lab; Angelo Gobbi and Sergio Maggi
Certification - CE B

August 16, 2012

Project: Dale 41 Classic

Dale presents the project of the 41 Classic.  Based on the famous semi planning hull, which features a lot of pilot boat, which are married with lines also coming a bit from a down East lobster looks.  Dales says that the 41 will feature a Nelson hull.  So far the British builder is passing very little details, but I do accept to see some features of the 2004 launched 45, which was a turn around model from this builder and has received much praise from the public and dedicated press. 

Improve-it = BlueGame BG40

Staying with the market, clients demands, and latest trends will be key to smooth running in this current recession period.  BlueGame shows this again, not only in its impressive range of custom offers to its cruisers and yachts but also for reacting quickly to market demands.  Launched in 2011 the BG40 is now available with an up and down bathing platform, making tender launch, and swimming much easier.  This new options adds another edition to four exterior, and two cockpit choices.  The BG40 sleeps a total of six persons in two separate midships located cabins, plus a convertible dinette.  Top speed is 34 knots with the standard Cummins 425hp, and ZF Zeus pod drives.    

August 15, 2012

Project: Bayliss 77 B18

Having currently an 80, and 84 in building stages Bayliss shortens a bit its length downwards and presents a project for a 77 feet which just recently started construction. Designed by Bayliss designer Robert Ullberg, this new custom sportfish will feature a four double cabins, three heads interior.  A centre console flybridge, and a must have mezzanine to aft are also traits of this new build.  Outside is also a curved reverse shear line which pays high duty to the Caroline heritage of the builder.  Build in cold molded, jig method B18 will be named Clean Sweep, coming from the previous Bayliss B8 owner who upgrades by nine feet.  Power will be from twin 2600hp MTU, with estimates of a max speed of 44 knots being on the cards. 

August 14, 2012

New Model: Monte Carlo Yachts MCY70

Beneteau Group flagship motor yacht brand presents its third chapter with the new bronze colored Monte Carlo MCY70.  Again as the smaller 65, and bigger 76 sisters the new MCY70 features design by the renowned Venice team of Nuvolari Lenard. The renowned design firm has again presented an imposing exterior which looks sports, and at the same time offers impressive spaces and a modern layout.  For the below cabin deck is an option of a three or four double cabins with three heads layouts.  In the three double cabins choice, this area is taken by a large walk-in wardrobe, replacing the twin bunk berths cabin.  Another impressive feature is also the flash main deck from aft to the helm which makes the continuity of this area a comfortable feature.  Power is a choice of MAN 1000 or 1200hp engine with Vee drive shafts, or ZF pods propulsion.  Speeds are a max of 33 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.3 m (69.9ft)
Beam - 5.42 m 
Draft - 1.65 m V-drive shaft, 1.52 m ZF pods
Displacement - 39 t pod drives, 37.5 t V-drives
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 840 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 8 berths in 4 berths, 2 crew cabin berths
Engines - 2 x MAN V8 1000hp, V8 1200hp
Propulsion - ZF Pods aft looking dual propellers, Vee drive line shaft
Speed - 33 knots max, 26 knots cruise with MAN 1200hp and ZF pod drive, 31 knots max with shafts
Project - Nuvolari Lenard exterior styling and interior
Certification - CE A

August 13, 2012

Project: Atlantis 34

Atlantis continues its range renovation with the project of a new 34 set to be launched coming October. As is all the new range since the launch of the 48 in 2010, the latest Atlantis model is again a work of the Team from Neo Design of Biaggi and Salvetti.  This new entry level Atlantis follows a lot of the features seen in last year introduced 38. For example the 75% hard top covered aft deck resembles a lot of the features seen in this much praised latest 38 model; from the C-shaped settee and chaise lounge to port side, to an L-shaped wet bar and helm to starboard.  Down below things change more as the Atlantis 34 follows the layout of a Vee shaped settee which converts to a double to fore, shower head to starboard, galley to port and a twin cabin to midships, this sleeping a total of four.    

August 12, 2012

New Model: Jongert 3900MY

Named Lucia-M, the Jongert 3900MY is the first motor yacht of these dimensions ever built by the more renowned Dutch sailing yacht builder. Curiously Jongert actually started as a motor boat builder, before moving its sights to the today much renowned sailing yachts. Much attention has been paid to comfort during the design of the yacht. The motor yacht line has been developed by the yard at the specific request of several customers who appreciate the design of the Jongert sailing yachts but prefer a motor yacht. The Lucia-M is the owner’s fifth motor yacht. Designed by Guido de Groot the 3900MY, is an aluminum built two decks and a half fast super yacht.  Jongert 3900MY features four double guest cabins, with huge spaces dedicated to the owners room on the forward part of the main deck.  Power is from twin 4185hp engines which give a max speed of 28 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 39 m (128ft)
Waterline Length - 33.98 m
Beam - 7.8 m
Draft - 2.05 m
Displacement - 185 t
Fuel Capacity - 46,500 l
Water Capacity - 7000 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 3 crew cabins sleeping 5
Engines - 2 x MTU 16v4000 M93 4185hp
Speed - 28 knots max, 25 knots cruise, 12 knots economic
Range - 2400 nm at 12 knots
Construction - aluminum
Project - Guido de Groot, Azure naval architects
Certification - RINA, MCA

August 11, 2012

Camuffo New Web Site

Camuffo from Venice Italy considered as the oldest boat builder in the World has its website.  The Camuffo generation of shipbuilders started in 1438 in the island of Crete in the East part of Mediterranean sea basin.  Here, El Ram Mufti Camuffi was shipwright on the Serenissima, a job followed by his son Pier Antonio in 1451. Two years later, in 1453 at the fall of Constantinople Pier Antonio will move in the North East of Italy in Chioggia.  The current descendant of the family Camuffo, now in its eighteenth generation Marco was born in 1932.  Marco with his father Luigi will start the evolution of the current Camuffo, dedicated to fast and efficient deep Vee cruisers and yachts.  Camuffo are built in wood, with the Lamellar, method.  This building system which started in Italy is a traditional method of putting different pieces of wood together to reach the desired thickness, glued with special Eco-resins which has no reverse effect and has also anti worm properties.  Camuffo currently offers three motor yacht models from the C55 Flying bridge, C60, and C65. Camuffo new web site is available only in Italian language, and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Azienda (Company), Il Legno (The Wood), Tradizione (Tradition), and Modelli (Models).  Lets hope for a full English version very soon.      
Production History;
7 meter Day Cruiser 1963-
6.5 meter Cabin Cruiser 1965-
28 Cabin Cruiser 1967- 
12 meter Cabin Cruiser 1972
C37 Flybridge 1972-77
C42 Flybridge 1973-76
C34 Flybridge 1974 (2)
44 1977-
50 1978-83
38 Sport 1978-
C40 Fly 1978-
C45S 1979-
C48 Fly 1984-
58 Fly 1991-2004
145 1996-
C16 1999-
52 2000-
C50 2002-
60 2004-
65 2006-

August 10, 2012

Project: Fairline 62 Targa GT

Fairline presents the new 62 Targa GT project, a further extension of the 58 model of the same designation.  This new Targa flagship keeps a lot of the praised lower deck layout which chooses for a forward owner stateroom, and two double guest cabins to midships, with the main difference from the 2009 launched model coming in the exterior aft deck.  Here the Fairline design team went for a full Mediterranean layout with a big large central located sun lounger, which can stow a tender underneath, and having an extended bathing platform to stern.  This makes it possible for the new 62 Targa GT to carry two tenders, if one desires so.  In this layout a single crew cabin is available to fore, and for the tender garage the second aft crew cabin option seems lost in the plans although it is on a To Be Confirmed basis in the specification.  Three engine options are available for the 62 Targa GT; twin Volvo 800 or 900hp, and MAN 1200hp.  Speed estimates are not yet announced, but is not the first time that a longer hull, even though a bit heavier can actually copy those of the smaller version. 

August 9, 2012

New Model: Grandezza 33 OC

Following the presentation of its new 39 CA flagship Finnish builder Grandezza continues with another very interesting medium sized sport cruiser, the 33 OC.  Good looking outside, and with some interesting features, I do think that better European exposure was missed with this new Grandezza 33 OC, and this is for two reasons.  The CE C certification, and the railing which goes the Scandinavian route to come out from the side deck and not being put on the toe rail. May be not so much a problem for the first, a little bit more in the second case I think. An interesting layout with two double cabins, and a shower head below, with a well sized galley located under the hard top differentiates this model from most of the competition.  Curiously while the Grandezza is build in Scandinavia I think this works particularly well in the med, and thanks to the extended hard top also up North.  Power options are a four Volvo engine choices from single Volvo 330 or 370hp, to twin 200 or 220hp with stern drive propulsion.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.03 m (32.9ft)
Beam - 3.23 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Displacement - 4600 kg
Fuel Capacity - 500 l
Water Capacity - 100 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in cabins
Max Persons - 8
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 330hp, D6 370hp, 2 x Volvo D3 200hp, D3 220hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPH or twin DP-S stern drive
Certification - CE C

August 8, 2012

Project: Cranchi Fifty8 HT

Cranchi presents a project for the Fifty8 HT, another new member of its ever important Yacht Class range which by the end of 2012 will feature six models from 54 to 66 feet.  As is usual to Cranchi a lot of Research and Design goes in each model release, and even tough the Fifty8 HT is the sleek sports version of last year released Fly model of the same designation I am sure this is again the case.  Cranchi Fifty8 HT follows recent trends of a sports yacht with accommodation and comfort which competes to that of a flybridge boat.  The interior layout of the Fifty8 HT follows that of the Fly version with a living on the main deck, and a lower deck dedicated to three double cabins and two heads, of which one en-suite for the master room.  The owner stateroom located to midships has a bed which looks to port side, and having a breakfast table opposite. The main deck which is in a split level shape surprises for its central helm which is accompanied by a dinette to port side, and astern galley located by the patio door.  Power options are twin Volvo engine choices, a 600 or 700hp with the second generation IPS800 or 900 choice.  Speed estimates are not as yet given, but imagine a max of 32 knots possible with the big engine choice similar to that of the Fifty8 Fly model.   

August 7, 2012

New Model: Ferretti 690

Ferretti 690 has been launched between the evening of last Tuesday, 24 and the morning of Wednesday 25 July at the dock of Cesenatico, Italy. Another step forward for the fleet of Ferretti Yachts, which now features a brand new model in the seventy feet range. In these weeks all the necessary technical operations will be carried out on the yacht; tests by RINA, sea trials of the prototype, system and unit testing and the internal fitting will be completed. Ferretti 690, which will be presented as a world premiere at the Cannes boat show in September, and will also be on display at the Genoa boat show, is the result of the long time collaboration between Studio Zuccon International Project, and Ferretti Advanced Yacht Technology, the research and design centre of the Group, along the expert team of architects and designers of the Centro Stile. This yacht has an overall length of 21.07 meters and a 5 meter beam. It was entirely produced at the production plant of the Group in Forlì, Italy.  Ferretti 690 is characterized by the new design of outer lines, which are now sportier, with a sleeker and more dynamic profile. The wider glazing makes exteriors lighter and provides an amazing quantity of natural light to interior spaces. The interiors are spacious and wisely organized, in order to exploit living areas at their best. Volumes are notably enlarged by the natural light coming in from the wide windows on the main deck and from the large glazing under deck. The flybridge is the result of an extensive study carried out by the Ferretti Group for indoor and outdoor layout optimization. This area has been has been entirely redesigned so as to ensure all guests the utmost comfort. A choice of three or four double cabins is available, with a crew quarters located to midships behind the owners stateroom. As for performance, the new Ferretti 690 can reach a maximum speed of 31.5 knots with twin MTU 1224hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.07 m (69.1ft)
Hull Length - 20.39 m
Waterline Length - 17.4 m
Beam - 5.53 m
Draft - 1.70 m
Displacement - 42.2 t dry, 48,2 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3700 l
Water Capacity - 990 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, or 6 berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Max Persons - 18
Engines - 2 x MTU V8 1000hp, MTU V8 2000 M64 1224hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 31 knots max
Hull Type - warped Vee with spray rails 12 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - multi axial glass fiber
Project - Zuccon International lines and interior, Ferretti AYT for hull and structure
Certificaiton - 2003/44 CE A, ISO8666

August 6, 2012

Project: Sessa 24 Key Largo IB

One year after the launch of the Key Largo 34 and 27 IB, Sessa boosts more its Open line, introducing the stern drive version of the 24.  This new small Sessa 24 Key Largo IB, strongly expresses the effort and the will of the North Italian factory to strengthen the open range segment, offering the market a small boat characterized by large spaces, created for those who want to enjoy every comfort without sacrificing design.  The squared-off bow together with the aggressive lines of the cockpit area, designed by Christian Grande, Sessa Marine Group designer for many years, remind those sophisticated and typical drawings of sports cars. Versatility is a factor in any yacht but more so in small sizes.  The 24 Key Largo offers loads of it starting from the aft settee which can become a huge sunpad, a big folding bimini, and a cabin with bar unit able to accommodate a forty liters fridge, and a vacuum flush toilet on request.  Power will be from a single Volvo petrol gas engine of 260hp with stern drive propulsion and top speeds of 40 knots.

August 5, 2012

New Model: Heesen 34.8m YN 16134

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce the delivery of the all-aluminium 35m Galactica Plus, a fully custom semi-displacement super yacht. Her elegant exterior lines as well as her minimal yet welcoming interiors have been designed by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects. In 2011 Heesen delivered six magnificent superyachts to their owners, ranging in size from 37 to 55 metre. So far in 2012, they have delivered five vessels including the two already described. Heesen Yachts has ten motor yachts on its order book with deliveries scheduled through 2015.  Hull number 16134 is powered by twin 2600hp MTU which reach a max speed of 27 knots, and a cruise of 11 give a range of 1400 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 34.8 m (114.1ft)
Beam - 6.7 m
Displacement - 130 t (half load)
Fuel Capacity - 20,500 l
Water Capacity - 5000 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000M94 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 27 knots max, 11 knots economic cruise
Range - 1400 nm at 11 knots
Hull Type - semi displacement
Construcition - alloy  
Project - Frank Laupman from Omega Architects
Certification - ABS A1 Commercial Yacht Services, AMS Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 Short Range MCA

August 4, 2012

Web: Aqualum New Web Site

Aqualum from Argentina presents its new virtual World wide showroom.  Located in Tigre, Buenos Aires province, Aqualum has been one of the successes coming out of South America.  The company in the past decade has had a good success with its 35, and 46 models.  Now the company has a line of new projects coming, made to expand and complete its range.  Aqualum current line up features four models from 35 to the still in project 55.  Its latest model is the 38 designed by Fabian Conte.  Aqualum new web site is available in Spanish and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; About Us, Aqualum 35, Aqualum 38, Aqualum 46, Aqualum 55, A Mix of Pleasures, and Aqualum Network.   

August 3, 2012

New Model: Galeon 430 HTC

After a journey which showed PowerYacht displaying again the Inbuild process of a Galeon, we can say the 430 HTC is ready for its important Cannes boat show debut.  Based on the hull and interior layout of the 420 Fly, the 430 HTC diversifies itself for its two opening sunroofs; aft and inside, and the modular settee at the cockpit.  The modular aft deck is a very interesting piece of engineering which can be a dinette, two side beds, or one big central sunpad.  With the 430 HTC the Galeon design team also presented new side window profiles which differ from those of the 420 Fly and are a bit bigger in size suiting better to the more sport nature of this model. Inside the superb layout of the 420 Fly with three double cabins below with owners room to fore and two guest to midships is repeated.  The living of the 430 HTC is on the main with a split level area have a saloon settee with entertainment opposite and the raised area featuring a port side located C-shaped galley with helm station on the other side.  Galeon is known for offering various wood options in its model, but hull one of the 430 HTC has been fitted in modern Wenge wood, which fits very well with the dark aggressive color of the exterior hull. As with all its models Galeon offers a lot of engine choices, eight is the number here, and starts from twin Volvo 260 and go up to 435hp.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.25 m (43.4ft) with optional extended bathing platform
LOA - 12.20 m without ext bathing platform
Hull Length - 11.79 m
Beam - 4.16 m
Draft - 0.80 m ex props
Displacement - 12000 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 600 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 4 berths in 2 cabins
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp, D6 370hp, D6 400hp, D6 435hp, Cummins QSD 4.2 350hp, QSB5.9 380hp, Volkswagen TDI 265hp
Propulsion - line shaft, Volvo forward looking IPS 500 and 600 pods, Volvo DPH Stern drive,
Speed - 31 knots with Cummins 380hp and shafts
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B

August 2, 2012

Project: Azimut 43 Magellano

The Azimut Magellano project started over three years ago with the innovative scope of the orange colored Ken Freiovkh designed 74, which after its launch in Genoa show and special presentation in Varese marina, went for a special tour for two thousand nautical miles of all the Western Mediterranean sea up to the pillars of Hercules in Gibraltar, Turkey and back up to Italy in Autumn.  The 50 Magellano with all that important size of just over fifteen meters, which sits nicely followed in the fall of 2010.  Now comes the entry level 43, again a design as the bigger 50 of Italian designer Cor D.Rover, with the under water shape following the innovative dual mode semi displacement hull of Bill Dixon as used in the bigger Magellano models.  The new entry level 43 Magellano will be offered in a two versions a flybridge, and Hard Top version which PowerYacht will present at a later stage.  Making way for practicality the 43 Magellano will offer a three cabins; with an owners suite to fore, and the third cabin being a single berth to starboard.  An interesting feature which will be the first seen on a yacht this size will also be the astern galley located on the main deck.  Apart the practical aspect of this, this also frees the area opposite of the dinette to be used as an entairtainment unit.  The flybridge of the 43 Magellano offers a C-shaped settee to port, helm on the other side, and a free aft area.  Construction wise the 43 Magellano shows Azimut putting emphasis for a stronger to usual construction with a displacement of over seventeen tons with not so big 305 or 355hp twin Cummins engines, and also a large quantity of 1800 liters of fuel reserve.  Performance should be a top speed of 22 knots with the bigger choice.  World wide presentation of the 43 Magellano is in Cannes coming September.     

August 1, 2012

Genova Boat Show

I have always been a keen supporter to this Italian boat show, who is also one of the largest in the World, and offering a wide variety of boats thanks also to the competitive nature of the Italian boating market. In fact I have been to the show in five past occasions; 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2004.  If you ask me what boat show to visit, I would definitely put Genoa on top of the list. In its fifty plus years of history though I think the next edition will be the most difficult to handle for the show, and the organizers.
First of all we have already some important companies who announced are gonna miss this years edition.  So far I know two big Italian builders who announced they are gonna skip this years Genoa boat show; Cranchi and Sessa.  Others like Queen Yachts have also shown not to participate at the show, as the new 50 Fly model seems not to be presented at the show.  Very interesting in all this was also the Sessa press letter where the company says that in the current status of the Italian government stance on yachts, add new tax introduced in May participating in Genoa is not very fruitful. 
From my personal view point I also add but with sadness that Genoa does deserve what happening here.  The show increased its exhibition fees in both 2008 and 2009, and the incentive for visitors to visit have not been very good.  I still as at today cannot understand how a one hundred miles distance hotel to the show, can charge triple or quadruple during the exhibition nine days.
For one of the largest shows to succeed and survive at this moment in time, Genoa has to return to think with a competitive edge something it did a lot in the nineties, and also remember that those visiting the show are not all millionaires. 
I add that this thinking should also come to the services part of the industry, which especially in the Med in the last years had no respect to the end user duplicating and triplicating fees in matters of some time.  Yes berthing and yards fees are surely the main to blame in this!